WHAT IS  paint correction?

Paint correction refers to the process of removing the imperfections in a vehicle’s finish and restoring it to a better than new finish. These imperfections include but are not limited to swirl marks, automated car wash marring, fine scratches, water spots, etched bird droppings and hologramming caused by poor washing techniques.

The only true way to remove scratches in your vehicle’s paint is with the process of paint correction, one of our specialties at Revived Detailing. Paint correction involves the use of machine polishers and a range of different polishes and graded pads. A fully corrected vehicle when viewed in direct sunlight will show only true reflections and no swirl marks, scratches or blemishes will be visible to the naked eye.

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Often times multiple stages of polishing are required to achieve full correction. The first being the most abrasive and the last being a very fine finishing polish. The deeper scratches are removed in the first stage of polish and then the lighter surface abrasions caused by this harsh polish are removed by the finer polish that follow.

Lastly, it is important to distinguish between paintwork that has been truly corrected and paintwork that has been treated with products that are designed to fill surface imperfections such as an all in one polish for example. This should not be referred to as paint correction even if no scratches or blemishes are apparent, because they have not been genuinely removed and are still present under the products fillers, which in time, will wash away and reveal them once more. When paintwork is properly corrected a very fine amount of clear coat is removed, along with the otherwise permanent scratches and swirls in the clear coat. This leaves crystal clarity and pure reflections.

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Common types of Paint defects

swirl marks

deep marring


acid etching

deep scratches

buffer trails


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What is paint correction?

The process of paint correction typically entails removing any imperfections, like swirls and scratches in the finish. The goal is to make it better than new again – without having anything visible left behind that would be considered an “imperfection” by most standards.

How can i tell if my vehicle is in need of paint correction?

Have you ever looked at your car in the sun and thought that it looked like it was covered with a spider web? These are actually circular shaped scratches caused by improper washing techniques. Many people still wash & detail cars using old, outdated methods such as “wax on, wax off” which is where these marks come from. Take a look at your car and see if it’s missing that factory-new shine. If this is the case, paint correction may be in order!

how long does paint correction last?

The time that a paint correction job will last depends on the type of wear and tear. If your car is mostly for show, then it’s likely to have lasted years by now but if you use it every day in mild or semi-mild conditions, there are chances that the paint refinement service could only last six months at best. There’s no exact timeline we can give though as everything varies from person to person depending on how much they drive their cars everyday and what kind of traffic condition they usually go through when driving them around town.

is paint correction worth it?

Whether you love your car or not, paint correction is worth it. Not only will a new coat of paint give her that showroom shine she deserves but the extra attention from admiring onlookers may just change your mind about what makes cars so great in the first place.

how much does paint correction cost?

The average paint correction cost starts at $150, and it can cost upwards of $1500, depending on the vehicle’s condition.

how long does paint correction take?

If you’re looking for an easy answer, then it depends entirely on how rough your ride is. Minor corrections can take 5-12 hours while serious repairs due to badly weathered and worn paint will require 2-3 days – that’s 20-30 hours of polishing, refinement and finishing up!

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Designed for vehicles that don't require full paint correction

Single stage machine polish

Removes buffer haze

Removes water spots

Brings gloss and shine back to the paintwork without breaking the bank

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Does NOT remove swirls, holograms, oxidation

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Remove 85-90% of the defects in your paintwork

Removes heavy swirl marks

Removes heavy oxidation

Short of sanding a finish, this is the best correction that you can ask for

Recommended for dark-colored vehicles

Paired best with our 7 year
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